Working from home and self-isolating is now our new normal. While we’re not together physically it’s important to remember to stay connected with not only your loved ones but with yourself – and our digital world is the best way to do this! Although a little stressful, it’s also the perfect time to slow down and really give yourself the TLC you deserve! We’ve put together our top tips on how to stay inspired, positive and connected (while maintaining glowing skin!).
1. Video call your friends and family
Video calls are the best way to engage and hang out with your loved ones. Apps like HouseParty will let you chat with as many people as you can fit in the screen, play games and have a laugh! Now is the perfect time to teach Grandma and Grandpa how to FaceTime. Missing Friday night drinks with your colleagues? Arrange a video call for 4pm with the team to catch up on the week – wine in hand of course!
2. Stay active
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy (and stay sane!). This is the perfect time to roll out your yoga mat to find your inner Zen, as more of our favourite studios are closing their actual doors, more teachers are teaching online. Stream a Zoom Class with your favourite yoga/HIIT teacher and get your sweat on while enjoying a sense of community!
3. Netflix Watch Parties
If you’re anything like us, you will love the new Google Chrome extension! Netflix Party lets you chat with friends while watching shows and movies apart from each other. At long last, you can start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show you watch at the same time as a group of friends and family, without the hard work of trying to synchronize everyone. ("3, 2, 1... play!") There's also a side chat bar where you and your friends can discuss what's going on in the movie -- much like you would if you were sitting together on the couch. The perfect night-in this weekend!
4. Treat yourself to some TLC and ramp up your skincare game
It’s great to stay connected with colleagues and loved ones, but the most important thing is to make sure you are looking after number one! Now is the perfect time to have those long relaxing baths that you never had time for, actually, moisturise your body (don’t worry we are guilty for this too) and give your skin the love it deserves! We love to drown our skin in oils & serums especially after masking!
5. Subscribe to online publications and listen to more podcasts
Take a break each day and read about positive stories still happening around the world, learn a new skill or trying out a new recipe from your favourite food bloggers!
Many magazines and newspapers are digital and will deliver daily updates directly to your inbox. Podcasts are a great way to keep your mind busy, we love listening to the girls at KIC, Shameless and all of Mamamia’s podcasts – there is something for everyone!
6. Start meditating
Make sure you’re taking time to check in with yourself and disconnect from the noise. Meditating each day is a great way to do this. We love the Smiling Mind & Head Space Apps. With 100s of guided meditations and articles, HeadSpace’s goal is to make mindfulness accessible for everyone.
*image by bbyoga
We’d love to hear how you are staying connected and thriving in this time! DM us at @andalounaturals_au here.
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